Burkina Faso military says takes power, dissolves government

September 17, 2015 9:07 AM

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OUAGADOUGOU Burkina Faso's military said on Thursday it had stripped interim President Michel Kafando of his functions and dissolved the government, seizing power in a coup less than a month before elections meant to restore democracy in the West African country.

Burkina Faso was plunged into chaos on Wednesday when the elite Republican Guard -- a pillar of long-time former President Blaise Compaore's regime -- seized Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida, and two ministers.

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